Striving for competitive businesses in Trinidad and Tobago

The Private Sector must play a pivotal role if Trinidad and Tobago is to truly become Competitive“. This statement was made by Senator Vasant Bharath, Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment as he delivered Greetings at John Dickinson Company Limited’s Compound to the Company’s Executives, members of the media and Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment’s senior staff.

Mr. George Haloute (left) explains the mechanics of a piece of machinery to Trade Minister (right)

Mr. George Haloute (left) explains the mechanics of a piece of machinery to Trade Minister (right)

This visit saw the commencement of the Ministry’s 2014 Ministerial Media Tours to local manufacturers, a programme aimed at viewing first-hand the operations of local manufacturers with the intent to provide support and guidance where necessary, all with the penultimate goal to improving the competitiveness of our local industries.

Mr. George Haloute, Executive Director, John Dickinson Company Limited in his welcoming address stated “The workers, like myself, are very proud of our achievements and we have endeavoured to continue to strive for excellence in this competitive environment. The journey to get to where we are today has been one based on strategic alliances with John Dickerson of the UK and Neal and Massy. These partnerships were instrumental in guiding the company through its formative years“. Mr. Haloute thanked the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for its support of the company which allowed them to remain a player in the regional and international market.

Trade Minister (left) examines the Snuggle brand of tissue paper produced by John Dickinson, as Mr. George Haloute, ED looks on

Trade Minister (left) examines the Snuggle brand of tissue paper produced by John Dickinson, as Mr. George Haloute, Exec. Dir. looks on

In delivering greetings from the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA), Mr. Ramesh Ramdeen, Chief Executive Officer expressed his satisfaction and honour with working alongside such a manufacturing company as John Dickinson. He stated that “What Carnival is to the masquerader, John Dickinson is like to the children of the nation.” His comparison not only expressed the importance of the company’s products to the children of Trinidad and Tobago but to children globally, expanding the possibilities to becoming a competitive business.

The hour long tour included a visit to the Tissue Plant Warehouse and Factory; the Main Warehouse and Main Factory and the offices, where Minister Bharath greeted and engaged in conversation with the members of staff.

Trade Minister (2nd from left) as he provides a word of encouragement to staff of John Dickinson at the end of the Tour of the facilities

Trade Minister (2nd from left) as he provides a word of encouragement to staff of John Dickinson at the end of the Tour of the facilities

Minister Bharath assured John Dickinson’s executives that the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment is working expeditiously through its strategic Agencies, namely invesTT Limited and exporTT Limited, to create improvements in trade facilitation and investment promotion.

Senator Vasant Bharath as he delivers Greetings to the audience

Senator Vasant Bharath as he delivers Greetings to the audience

Also present at the Ministerial Media Tour were Ms. Sandra Indar, Permanent Secretary (Ag.), Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment., Mr. Norris Herbert, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment and Mr. Christopher Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, exporTT Limited.

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